Booted from GoDaddy and Google, American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer finds a new .RU home
Update: American neo-Nazi website lasts less than a day on new .RU domain thanks to Russia's Internet censor
The American neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer has found a new home on the .ru domain, after being booted from GoDaddy and Google’s hosting services. The website’s new address was paid for and registered with the Russian company RU-CENTER on August 15 for a one-year period. The website’s registration data does not identify the owner.
On August 15, a self-described “security and research” expert named Bill Sader tweeted circumstantial evidence that The Daily Stormer’s servers are now located in Russia. The website’s owner mask the site’s original IP-address using the service CloudFlare.
Until recently, The Daily Stormer relied on the Internet hosting service GoDaddy. Following last weekend’s violence by far-right groups Charlottesville, however, GoDaddy gave the neo-Nazi website 24 hours to find another domain.
The hosting company was responding to an article by the website’s founder, Andrew Anglin, who insulted 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who died in Charlottesville. Anglin called her a “drain on society” because she was unmarried and childless. Heyer attended the march as a counter-demonstrator, and she was killed when a far-right activist intentionally ploughed into a Heyer’s group with his car.
The Daily Stormer initially tried to relocate itself to a domain hosted by Google, but it was soon blocked there, as well.
Apparently as early as April 10, 2017, The Daily Stormer has also operated a page on Vkontakte, Russia's largest social media platform. The most recent post reads, “Back on the normie web, with a .ru domain.”
Update: CloudFlare has reportedly dropped The Daily Stormer, which could explain why even the website's new Russian domain no longer loads.